Wittgenstein on the substance of the world

European Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):106–126 (2004)
Abstract
The *Tractatus* contains an argument that there are simple, necessarily existent objects, which, being simple, are suited to be the referents of the names occuring in the final analysis of propositions. The argument is perplexing in its own right, but also for its invocation of the notion of "substance". I argue that if one locates Wittgenstein's conception of substance in the Kantian tradition to which his talk of "substance" alludes, what emerges is an argument that is very nearly--but not quite--cogent.
Keywords substance  name  logically proper name  singular proposition  direct reference  simples  modal metaphysics  Wittgenstein  Tractatus
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María Cerezo (2012). Possibility and Logical Space in the Tractatus. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (5):645-659.
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